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The daughter will see you now…


I make no apologies for what I’m about to do, but I do hope you’ll forgive me for blowing my ‘Mother’s Trumpet’!

We had a pretty momentous day for the Olley family recently. Having taken her final exams after nearly six years of study, hard work and commitment, Bex was told that she is now officially Dr. Rebecca Olley!

She’s been doing really well and getting amazing marks and feedback, so it wasn’t a surprise, but it was still nerve wracking waiting for the exam results. When Bex rang us to say she’d received the email and was now a doctor I couldn’t stop grinning! I had expected to have a few tears, and I know I will at her graduation ceremony in July, but in fact it was just a wonderful feeling of pride and satisfaction that her life is now on the route she has chosen.

She is already putting her skills to good use. Along with three of her closest friends, – girls she has lived and studied with since her course began in 2009 – she is now in Kuching in Borneo working in the Sarawak General Hospital. This is part of what is called the ‘elective’ part of the medical course and usually students are not yet qualified when they do this, but the hospital is benefiting from four wonderful young women who are at the very start of their careers. They’re not being paid yet, but knowing that they are ‘proper’ doctors has given each of them a confidence, a spring in their step and a huge smile, as you can see from this photo of the four of them at the start of their first ever working day as a doctor.

Jen, Bex, Carys and Fran

Jen, Bex, Carys and Fran

It’s not all work and, as you might expect, they are making the most of their two months in such an amazing place. They will be attending some jungle field clinics, where they give advice, treatment and vaccinations to people who live too far from the cities to venture into a proper hospital and this will involve an expedition into the rainforest. And there will be time to see orang-utans and other wildlife, do lots of sightseeing, and head to the beach – which they’ve been doing already! Although, apparently, there was no swimming… due to the risk of crocodiles!!

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Ever since Rebecca was a little girl she showed a caring side – she was always looking out for her two younger brothers (this often involved a fair amount of bossing them around, I have to admit!) and also caring for any animal, including our menagerie of cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. In fact, while she was a teenager she loved riding and looking after the horse she rode so much she decided to become a vet and it was only when she was in sixth form she decided that she would rather become a doctor.

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Whatever she does she puts heart, soul and total commitment into and she deserves all her successes. I’m just proud to be her mum!


  1. Patricia Grosvenor April 8, 2015 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    Very well done Dr. Bex.. Congratulations to you and your family…. may you be a Blessing to all your patients…. X:)❤️

  2. Sue April 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,

    Congratulations you must be so proud of your daughter.

  3. Susan April 8, 2015 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Rebecca!! And I don’t blame you one bit Kathy for beaming with pride! Gosh to be a qualified doctor is probably one of the most worthwhile careers. Not to mention daughter being super smart and dedicated. I hope the 4 of them get on OK in Borneo and are safe. What an experience and worthwhile work. Enjoy every minute of pride olleys!!

  4. Bernadette April 8, 2015 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations & very well done Dr. Bex, Kathy you have every right to be beaming with pride !!! please God I will be in your shoes by the end of May when my daughter Sarah will also become a Dr …. hope the girls enjoy their experience in Borneo ….

  5. Burnette Boatswain April 9, 2015 at 2:39 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to Rebecca and friends, and to you Kathy and your family. God bless you all.

  6. Janus Hughes April 10, 2015 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Aw Kathy – how wonderful. You and the family must be so proud. All that hard work has paid off. Family is everything. Enjoy the moment. Best wishes to Rebecca.

  7. Denise April 10, 2015 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations and well done to Rebbecca. From the blog I can almost you bursting with pride Kathy and rightly so. It sounds like the Dr’s are having an experience of a lifetime in Borneo.

  8. Judith Lennon April 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy.
    Many congratulations to Dr Bex! I’m sure she will bring much to sick people wherever she works. Congratulations too to you and quite rightly enjoying your daughters success. You are entitled to burst with pride. Xx

  9. madeline smallman April 18, 2015 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    congratulations to your daughter on her success, and you have every right to be a proud Mum, as I am sure she gets her dedication from you, WELL DONE DR.REBECCA.

  10. Valerie Wilding April 20, 2015 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Well done you must all be thrilled and proud. My grandson returns from Tanzania today 10 weeks educating them regarding hygiene and water/sanitation Will be pleased to hear about the experience.

  11. Jean fields April 20, 2015 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Kathy, never having the pleasure of a beautiful clever daughter.daughter. Bless you both and the rest of your happy family, not forgetting your husband. I do not say this lightly but you are my favourite presenter together with pipa and debs Flint.when you are not on the morning show
    Along with pips and Debbie I switch off and hope you are well.

    Regards jai, lots of love to all mention

  12. martin forbes April 21, 2015 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    hi kathy hope you are well iam not bad

  13. Rachel Hunter April 24, 2015 at 12:30 am -  Reply

    Congratulations to your lovely daughter – I wish her every success for the future .

    I was lucky enough to see my son graduate with honours from Glasgow University four years ago ( I was dressed by QVC of course ! :) )
    It was a wonderful day – inspite of the cold wet weather – everyone there is in the same boat – bursting with pride and emotion

    Its a day you will love – and remember

    Would love to ask if your Wednesday morning style show will be making a return any time soon ??
    Really enjoyed getting a first look at the new fashion and all those hints and tips for putting outfits together as well
    Kind regards
    Rachel ( Inverness )

  14. Tracey April 24, 2015 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    Kathy, you must be so proud of your daughter. Congratulations to Bex on her achievements and wishing her every success for her future. Wishing your family all good things too. x

  15. Jilly May 7, 2015 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    Many Congratulations to you and your Dr Bex!! What an achievment you will have a lovely day at the graduation and if you are anything like me, I thought my chest would burst with pride. Wishing her a wonderful career and many happy years to come.

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